At any time of the year, safety is always one of the primary things to monitor in the workplace.
There are key places and times when an accident could strike, from a small restaurant’s kitchen to the storage area of a shop. However, being well-aware of these can help employers and managers better gauge what safety measures and practices to keep intact.
If prevention is better than cure, then it goes the same for treatment, and worse, an accompanying lawsuit because of apparent negligence.
Education is important, so here are safety musts to check for your small business to be a healthier workplace.
Ensuring enough ventilation
Apart from giving your store a more inviting atmosphere, proper ventilation, especially in confined spaces could avoid different health risks.
Your employees always feeling fatigued may not be because of stress or sleepless nights, but poor ventilation at work. High levels of carbon dioxide and low levels of oxygen can cause fatigue and affect your employees’ sense of focus.
There is even the Sick Building Syndrome or SBS. Symptoms of this include headaches, susceptibility to colds and flu, and eye, nose, and throat irritation.
Whether by natural or mechanical means of air flow, ensuring your office or store has proper ventilation is definitely a safety must.
Reducing fire risks
Recently, power module supplier, CMD, released a survey saying that personal chargers could pose safety risks at the office.
The findings said that about two-thirds or 70% of employees charge their devices at work. While owner and managers generally don’t mind employees charging their devices at work, sometimes, the chargers are the problem.
“Unregulated phone chargers are notorious for being poor quality and can pose fire risks, so it is essential that people take this into consideration when thinking about using them in the workplace,” said CMD Head of Marketing and Business Development Bruce Cantrill.
Educating your employees about the dangers of using cheaper, unbranded chargers can help reduce fire risks both at the office and at home.
Check the first-aid kit and logbook
Don’t neglect that little cabinet in your store. It might help save someone’s life someday.
Ask a doctor, nurse or even someone with emergency response training for what’s best to be in stock in your first-aid kit.
Then, make sure that it’s accessible to everyone and everyone knows where it is. Even a simple cut or wound can get worse if not treated properly and outright.
It’s also good to have a logbook of workplace accidents and injuries. Having a logbook can help you judge which areas need an upgrade or modification for improved safety standards and what better safety practices to put in place.
The logbook for accidents and injuries will also be useful if ever there would be a worker’s compensation claim or question. Like the first-aid kit, orient your employees where it is and what information to log in case an accident happens.
Keeping the workplace safe is not only a moral obligation but a legal one as well.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration under the U.S. Department of Labor has a handbook as a guide for small business owners concerning safety in the workplace.
You may download it here for due reference.